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Employment Placement Agencies in the UK: Market Research Report

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Employment Placement Agencies Market Research Report | SIC N78.100 | Jun 2017

A hard place: The industry will be negatively affected by economic uncertainty in 2017-18

IBISWorld’s Employment Placement Agencies market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Economic uncertainty is expected to cause revenue to fall, following a period of growth
  • Revenue is expected to contract in 2017-18 as a result of declining demand following the referendum
  • The UK’s exit from the European Union could threaten demand from the financial sector
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The performance of the Employment Placement Agencies industry is closely linked to the hiring intentions of public and private-sector firms and, consequently, to prevailing economic conditions. As a result, industry revenue contracted by almost 50% in 2008-09 as a result of the global financial crisis. The industry has since recovered and has gone from strength to strength over the past five years, surpassing its pre-recessionary peak. However, falling business confidence following the EU referendum result is expected to lead to revenue contracting in 2017-18.

In the current year, revenue is expected to fall by 3.4% to £12.3 billion. This contraction is largely expected to be a result of the uncertainty caused by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Employment placement agencies cater to prospective employees and employers looking to fill permanent vacancies in their organisations. Employment agencies offer a range of services to jobseekers, including advice on how to search for a job, as well as application and interview techniques, which help gauge the potential employee's suitability for particular industries or organisations. Agencies use their extensive vacancy listings to suitably match a jobseeker's skills with the job descriptions provided by employers.

General recruitment

The general recruitment segment is expected to account for 53.8% of industry revenue in 2017-18, making it the most important segment for the industry. Emp.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Employment Placement Agencies Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Employment Placement Agencies Industry are

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and National unemployment rate in the Employment Placement Agencies industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Employment Placement Agencies Industry?

    Agencies in this industry list employment vacancies, refer applicants to jobs or directly place them in permanent employment. The individuals referred or placed are not employees of the employment agency. The activities of online placement agencies are also included in the industry.

    Industry Products
    General recruitment Executive and management recruitment Human resources strategy and consulting
    Industry Activities
    Listing employment vacanciesReferring applicants for permanent employment

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • National unemployment rate
  • Labour productivity
  • Real government consumption expenditure
  • Total labour force
  • Current Performance
  • Competitive edge
  • Operating conditions
  • No vote of confidence
  • Legislative changes
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Growth wobbles
  • Future opportunities
  • Future concerns
  • Digitised environment
  • Table: Employment Placement Agencies Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Employment Placement Agencies Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Accommodation and Food Service Activities
  • Financial and Insurance Activities
  • Education
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Wholesaling
  • Wholesale of Other Office Machinery & Equipment
  • Products & Services
  • General recruitment
  • Executive and management recruitment
  • Human resources strategy and consulting
  • Other
  • Chart: Employment Placement Agencies Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Other
  • Financial services sector
  • Public sector
  • Professional and scientific industries
  • IT and technology sector
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Employment Placement Agencies Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Subcontractors
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation costs
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Employment Placement Agencies
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Employment Placement Agencies Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Employment Placement Agencies Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Employment Placement Agencies Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Transactions that take place from one business to another.
  • Human Resources
  • A business department that deals with hiring, administration and training employees.
  • Labour Productivity
  • Labour productivity measures the amount of goods and services made by one hour of labour.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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